The (Almost) Six-Month Australia Onshore Partner Visa (820) Waiting Update

17 Sep

I love WordPress for telling me the search terms people used to find this blog. I’ve been getting hits like “waiting for Australia partner visa” and “how long does it take for an Australian partner visa to process” and “waiting for my partner visa is driving me mad.”

I’m right there with you.

It’s this maddening feeling of something being left unfinished. Like you’re hanging in limbo, neither here nor there. If you’re in Australia like me, you might even be beginning to feel that itch of suffocating imprisonment–Bridging Visa A doesn’t allow for travel outside of the country. What can you do? You twiddle your thumbs and wait.

For me, I know that I can’t even get accepted yet. A) My medicals have not been completed. I was worried about the length of time people were saying things were going to take, and medicals were only good for a year and they were expensive. So I’m waiting until my as-yet-unknown case officer contacts me asking for them. B) My police checks aren’t in yet. Well, I have the Australian one in my hot little hands but the FBI one still hasn’t come through. I submitted the request at the tail end of April. Yes, I have finally given up on them. I’m going to get my fingerprints redone next Tuesday and send them off AGAIN. It’s my hope that submitting the police checks will spark a response from the Mysterious Unknown Case Officer and I’ll get my medicals completed by the end of the year.

Actually, it’s our one-year wedding anniversary at the end of November–wouldn’t it be perfect timing if everything started coming together around then? I live in hope.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to keep my mind off of it. Worrying, worrying, worrying is just bad for your health. Honestly, that’s probably why I’ve been leaving the new fingerprints so late–I let them slip my mind so that the constant butterflies in my stomach would just go away. It helps that I’ve been keeping busy: work, going out and about a bit more often than usual, baking, playing with the cats. My advice? Find something you like and go do it and stop worrying about the visa. Easier said than done, of course, but honestly, there’s nothing you can do until you get contacted by the case officer.

One of the other things that I’ve found that helps with the wait is finding forums online that are filled with other people waiting for news of their visa just like you. Search “Australia visa forum” and you should find something that suits you. There are quite a few different options out there.

To those of you reading this blog post, I’d love to know how long you’ve been waiting and what you do to keep calm during the wait. If you’d like, including the city where you lodged the visa and the month/year you lodged it in, as well as the type of visa you’ve applied for, to give other people reading this blog a better idea of what the can expect regarding visa waiting times. I would love to hear from you.

As for myself, you can always find my “visa status” at the top of this page and to the right. To recap, though, I applied for an 820 visa in Brisbane back in March 2013. I haven’t had any contact from Immigration save for the e-mail telling me about my Bridging Visa just after I sent in the application.

And the wait continues.

How long have you been waiting for a decision to be made on your application? How do you deal with the long wait? Let me know in the comments below! If you would like more information on my visa journey, check out the following links:

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